Rep. Hansen Clarke's amendment to increase funding for Homeless Assistance Grants by $5 million was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
The foreclosure crisis has left many families, children, and individuals homeless in metro Detroit and across the nation. Since Congress bears some responsibility for the foreclosure crisis, Congress must support those who have lost their homes. In particular, Congress must care for our veterans, who are disproportionately represented among the homeless.
The fiscal year 2013 Transportation-HUD House appropriations bill appropriates $231 million less for Homeless Assistance Grants than the President's fiscal year 2013 request.
Rep. Clarke's amendment specifically increases funding for grant programs that concentrate on the longer-term needs of homeless individuals and families, including housing and supportive services. This funding can also be used to help our neighborhoods by renovating damaged or abandoned buildings for use by homeless individuals and families.
"Nearly 20,000 people are homeless each night in Detroit, and roughly 25% of them are children. The increased funding provided by my amendment will help homeless families and individuals by giving them access to social services and renovating abandoned buildings to create housing opportunities for them. There are many veterans among the homeless, and there is an urgent need to help our veterans get the counseling, drug treatment and housing that they deserve. Helping our homeless can also help our neighborhoods. Transforming vacant buildings into renovated housing can revitalize our communities and create jobs."